Bald Eagle and Winter Waterfowl Field Trip

All‐day driving tour will take bird enthusiasts through Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge on February 25, 2012.

February 1, 2012, Dunsmuir, CA‐ On Saturday, February 25th, Mount Shasta Area Audubon and the River Exchange will present an all‐day field trip to Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, led by local birders Chris Stromsness and Phil Detrich. The driving tour will start at 9am, and end at 4pm. Registration and a $5 outing fee are requested.

The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its wide diversity and abundance of bird life due to its diverse habitats including marshes, open water, coniferous forest, juniper woodlands, oak‐chaparral, sagebrush‐grasslands, grassy meadow and rocky cliffs. From December through February, the Klamath Basin hosts the largest concentration of Bald eagles in the contiguous United States. Some years, more than 1,000 of these majestic birds winter there. During February and March, a multitude of other raptors and waterfowl use the basin as a staging area for migration.

The field trip will take you on an all‐day driving tour to view a host of others species, including golden eagles, Northern harriers, red‐tailed and rough‐legged hawks, Tundra swans, Snow geese, Ross geese, gadwalls, Northern pintails, owls, coyotes, pronghorns and many others. The driving tour will be enhanced with the use of walk‐talkies supplied to each car in the caravan, so that the knowledge of the tour guides can be shared with everyone throughout the day.

Attendees will meet at Highway 97 & A‐12 (about 12 miles north of Weed) at 9:00 a.m., and will then car‐pool to the driving tour destination. Attendees should be prepared with warm clothes, walking shoes, lunch, water, binoculars, and walkie–talkies (if you have them). For more information or to register, call the River Exchange at (530) 235‐2012, or email mail@riverexcchange.org. Information about the Mt. Shasta Area Audubon can be found at www.mtshastaaudubon.com. For more information about the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, visit www.fws.gov/klamathbasinrefuges/ or call (530) 667‐2231.

Shasta Valley Wildlife Area Field Trip on May 7, 2011

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Klamath National Forest will be sponsoring a bird watching field trip on Saturday, May 7th at the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, located approximately 3 miles East of Montague, at 1724 Ball Mountain Road. This event is open to everyone and will be a day of bird watching led by local biologists and bird experts. For more information contact Sam Cuenca at 530-468-5351.

The Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion is noted for having a diversity of geology and vegetation. It is an area of overlap of the Cascade, Sierra Nevada, and coast ranges and has plant communities representing each of these zones. This contributes to the wide range of bird species that occur here. Any season of the year is good for bird watching in our valleys and mountains. We are now approaching spring and early summer when many long distant migrant species are showing up from points south to breed in Siskiyou County. This is the time of year when warblers, osprey and turkey vultures make their long journeys to spend the summer months in the various habitats of the Klamath Mountains.

There are many bird watching opportunities on the National Forest, wildlife areas, local parks and even backyards. This is a very enjoyable and inexpensive activity for curious people of all ages. Birdwatching skills could be developed with a simple walk along a creek or trail. All that is needed is a pair of binoculars and a bird identification book (which are available locally), and a sense of wonder. For more information please contact your local Forest Service office.

(From a Klamath National Forest press release)